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That Darn Elf


Ahhh, the Elf on the Shelf, yet another wonderful tradition to get us into the Christmas spirit. Yes, it's great for the kids and manages to somewhat keep them in check, but it stresses me out. I lie in bed at night reminding myself that I did, indeed, move the elf and yes, he hasn’t been in this spot before and no, I don’t think the dog can get to him.

Meet JoJo, our cute little Elf on the Shelf. Yes, he’s of the plush variety because three years ago when our little elf went back to the North Pole after Christmas, he never came back (AKA, I packed him somewhere and still haven’t discovered his location). So what better excuse for me to replace the original plastic, creepy elf with the cuter version available via Amazon.com?


And in the true spirit of “I’m the most creative mom around”, I’ve tried out some of the gazillion elf ideas I’ve seen online. I immediately discount any that involve food (see aforementioned dog) and stick to the basics. In one genius move, I actually sprinkled flour all over the counter and assisted JoJo in making a snow angel, leaving him lying on the counter to be found the next morning. It was adorable, and Mike and I both knew Walker would be thrilled to see this the next morning.

Imagine my surprise when awaking in the middle of the night, heading to the kitchen for a glass of water, and finding a coating of white dust all over the floors and counter. And there was poor JoJo, lying in the floor, covered in doggie drool. Thank goodness it was me and not Walker that found this horrible crime scene. Hence, I now have fears that Walker will wake up one morning and Lucy (who has an extreme fondness for stuffed animals and evidently flour too) will have mangled and ripped the elf to shreds. And I cannot even imagine the trauma that would do to my little guy. 

It took Walker a couple of years to really get into the whole elf thing and this year he’s really excited about it. So much so, the first thing he does when he wakes up is look for JoJo. He then announces his location and drags me out of bed to show me what JoJo’s been up to. 

To assist you in your efforts to outdo all of those ho-hum elf escapades that "everyone else is doing", here's one of the most creative ideas around...a message on the wall from your family elf.


From the website: If you have a naughty Elf-on-the-Shelf living at your house during the holidays, then this little creation might be just the latest trick that he/she has been looking for. Your Elf can write a personal note to your child/children ON YOUR WALL with his magic red graffiti paint! Note is made from high quality indoor vinyl which can be easily removed at the end of the holidays. I will send installation directions with the Graffiti.

You can choose from  "I'm Watching you! Be Good" ($20) or Custom Note of your choice up to 15 words. ($30). Her last day for Christmas orders is tomorrow, December 14, so get your order in now!!


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